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LONDON TO HOST UK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2005

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London will host the fifth National Holocaust Memorial Day on ...
London will host the fifth National Holocaust Memorial Day on

27 January 2005.

The day will mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of

Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi extermination camp. It will offer

the opportunity to remember those who suffered and died during the

Holocaust, as well as those still living with its consequences, and

to reflect on the contemporary lessons to be learned.

The national commemoration, organised in association with the BBC,

will be the climax of a number of local events in London and

throughout the UK.

Home secretary David Blunkett said:

'London has a proven commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and I am

confident that the 2005 commemoration next January will build

successfully on the inspiring events of the previous memorial days.

'Holocaust Memorial Day is vitally important for the whole nation,

not just so we remember those who were abused and murdered by the

Nazis, but to encourage us to take a critical look at the world today

and challenge racism and intolerance head on.

'With its theme of 'survivors, liberation and rebuilding lives' this

event offers an opportunity for us to hear victims recall their

experiences, reflect on how our society treated them and listen to

what they can tell us that applies equally well to the world today.

As many people as possible, especially our young people, need to take

this opportunity to listen to these survivors, pay our respects to

them and learn from what they have to say.'

The home secretary also announced that Wales had been chosen to host

Holocaust Memorial Day 2006.

The first minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan, said:

'Wales will be h>the conclusion of the conference the heads of the delegations

unanimously agreed to sign the Declaration of the Stockholm Forum. As

a part of Holocaust Memorial Day, the principles of the Declaration

have been adapted into a seven-point Statement of Commitment as a

benchmark for understanding the aims and objectives of the day.

4. The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held on 27 January 2001 with

the national commemoration in London. Subsequent national events have

been hosted by Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. The date is

significant as it was on that day in 1945 that the former Nazi

extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. In 2005 it

will be the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

5. Details of the national event in London on 27 January and

associated events across the rest of the UK will be made available on

the Holocaust Memorial Day website at

www.holocaustmemorialday.gov.uk. Details of events and press releases

will be posted as they are announced, in the lead up to Holocaust

Memorial Day in January.

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